Korean electronics giant Samsung is gearing up to release another two devices to swell the ranks of its popular Galaxy line: the Galaxy SII 'Skyrocket' and the Galaxy Nexus. Both Android phones, the Nexus will be the first device to debut with the operating system's 4.0 version, nicknamed Ice Cream Sandwich; the Skyrocket will be released with Android 2.3.5, Gingerbread, but is scheduled to be updated with Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in early 2012, according to wireless carrier AT&T.

Points of interest to consider when comparing these phones:

Display: The Nexus is hands-down superior in terms of display. With a larger screen, superior Super AMOLED HD technology and overall higher screen resolution, it easily takes cake in the display category.

Camera: The Skyrocket beats the Nexus here for its 8-megapixel camera (the Nexus has only a 5-megapixel camera).

Operating System: The Nexus will debut with Android 4.0, but the Skyrocket is due to be updated sometime in early 2012, though AT&T has yet to specify an exact date.

Dimensions/Weight: The Nexus is slenderer and shorter, but has a wider face while the Skyrocket is longer and lighter.

For more, check out the table of side-by-side comparisons below:


Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket

Samsung Galaxy Nexus


4.5-inch screen with Super AMOLED Plus 480 x 800 pixel screen resolution at 207 ppi pixel density

4.65-inch screen with Super AMOLED HD curved display with 720x1280 pixel resolution at 316 ppi pixel density


1.5GHz dual-core processor (CPU), Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 chipset

1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor (CPU), PowerVR SGX540 GPU, TI OMAP4460 chipset


8-megapixel rear-facing with LED flash; 2-megapixel front-facing; 1080 HD video

5-megapixel rear-facing with LED flash; 2-megapixel front-facing; 1080p HD video




Operating System

Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Data Speed

HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, UMTS, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE, LTE

HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s, UMTS, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE


1024 MB RAM, 16384MB storage with microSD, microSDHC slot, expandable up to 32 GB

1GB of RAM; 16GB/32GB internal memory

Battery Life

1850 mAh lithium-ion battery with 7 hours talk time and 250 stand-by time

1750 mAh lithium-ion battery


5.11 x 2.71 x 0.37 (129.8 x 68.8 x 9.49 mm)

5.33 x 2.67 x 0.35 (135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94 mm)


4.60 oz (130 g)

4.76 oz (135 g)


$249.99 on AT&T

Unannounced (possibly $299.99) on Verizon Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket is now on sale; the Galaxy Nexus will most likely be available to the public later this month.

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